Tonight should be exciting with two great performers: Barry Gibb, whose white suit represented the flash of disco, and change-of-heart Pink, who's fostering a new attitude for teenage girls.
The contestants are on deck looking lovely and worried. The judges are in place...but the wrong place. Simon and Paula have switched places and tickle us with their imitations. I never noticed Paula's clapping before but I will after this. And what can you say about Simon's chest rubbing? As for Randy: he don't know, he don't know, he don't know...who is leaving, that is. Of course, he does, but he's too polite to say. Not so our Simon, Mr. Kiss You and Throw you to the Dogs After.
As per usual we see a recap of the good and the bad from last night. I'm suddenly scared. Why did they show Melinda's clip last instead of first? Are we in for a shocker? Ryan visit's the Farmers Market again. Yes Ryan is sweet, each contestant is beloved by someone and little kids...well, they like the Lakers.
Like echoes of a long ago past, our tour reminder does indeed remind us of some of the more interesting contestants who left us along the way: Chris Sligh, Gina, Haley, Chris Richardson and Sanjaya. Ryan quips, "Moms, lock up your daughters, Sanjaya is on tour." At the very end of the tour ad, we see Phil looking very much the star, singing "Blaze of Glory"...does this mean he will be making the tour? Whooo Whoo!
Up next is Pink, as blond as ever and wearing a flesh tone and black striped dress, singing "Who Knew" from her new album. Pink has gone a little bit country but then breaks out into the rock and roll. I like the sound but I truthfully didn't pick out a word she was singing.
This week's Ford vignette shows our contestants singing "You Really Got Me," and escaping their loyal fans in a Ford. Good thing they stopped for Blake or he would have been ...a happy man!
Natalie Howell is visiting from Phoenix, Arizona, courtesy of American Idol Challenge. This week's question: Which American Idol went to Africa to help the American Idol Gives Back Campaign: a. Reuben b. Carrie c. Bo?
The final four bring a medley of Barry Gibb songs. They are singing well tonight. The medley makes everyone happy, especially Paula who is really, really happy. What has Simon said now?
After an intermission, Ryan sits and chats with the contestants. LaKisha has been talking to herself. If she goes home, she doesn't want to cry. Jordin had to pick her songs fast because it was "double the trouble" memorizing them. Blake still wants to thank Simon for his nasty comments. Smart Boy! Melinda has awoken to the fact it's not enough to be consistent; you have to bring the wow!
Ryan reminds us that the three remaining contestants will get to go home this week. Governors, sweep those front steps and polish the keys. During the past week, the contestants have been treated to a sneak preview of the "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," which will hit theaters on June 15. Johnny Torch, Thing, Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman are in the audience. Actually, Jessica Alba has been hiding behind Ryan's back.
We are finally given some idea of what our four were like when they were children and the teacher in me goes "Awwww." With their little Afro puffs and chattering, they could be in any classroom in the nation today. Remember that, America. Schools and teachers need to be supported. There is a lot of latent talent sitting in those desks. Art, Theatre and Music are very important components of the curriculum.
Finally, Ryan begins the part we have been waiting for: The Results. The four huddle and refuse to be parted. He is about to push someone off a cliff. It won't be Jordin. She is safe. The others have to wait until we hear from Barry.
I am delightfully surprised. He is looking hail and hardy. The hair is still long and beautiful, except now it is a gorgeous silver color. He does a dynamite job of "To Love Somebody"...a well-deserved standing O.
By the way, thinking of the BeeGees, American Idol is looking for the best undiscovered group or band in the country; any style, any sound, any age....anything goes. Apply to Band Show Casting.
Back to our results and I am immediately relieved to find that Melinda is safe. Randy still doesn't know anything or is too polite to say but Simon ain't shy. He predicts LaKisha will get the boot...and he is right. She is sweet about it. Her Going Home video reminds us of what a sweetie she is. I am glad she had people pushing her to audition. LaKisha will do well. Tonight she takes her time and powers through the audience as she belts out "Staying Alive." Not bad, sweetie! Not bad at all!